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Incident on Apex mountain results in helicopter evacuation of 15-year-old girl

“Penticton and District Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization serving the residents of the South Okanagan. All PENSAR volunteers are certified Ground Search and Rescue technicians. PENSAR’s certified specialty Teams include search dogs, a (HETS) Helicopter Long Line extraction team, high angle rope rescue, flat and swiftwater rescue and recovery teams. PENSAR ‘s Mission is to be ready to respond to backcountry and urban emergencies requiring specialty responses to protect and save life.“
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July 24, 2016 - 9:26 AM

OKANAGAN - Yesterday, July 23, a severely injured 15-year-old girl was rescued from the Apex mountain area by helicopter.

The Penticton girl was outside of cell phone range, riding with a group of ATV riders when she sustained the injury. One member of the group rode back to cell phone range, called 911 and helped the first responders by directing them to the injured girl.

Penticton Search and Rescue manager Richard Terry received the call at 4:46 p.m. and mobilized PENSAR’s Air Evacuation Team and ground support.

Along with the PENSAR crew, an air ambulance was sent to the site, because of the seriousness of the reported injury, Randy Brown, PENSAR public information officer said in a release.

Once she was evacuated from the Apex mountain area, the girl was flown to Kelowna General Hospital by the EHS Air Ambulance Critical Care Team.

The July 23 release did not contain further details on her condition.


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